Jeffers impresses in bid to make Utah Jazz final roster

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  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Oct. 14, 2010 8:56 a.m.

    Re Todd: Good to read your positive comments, hope your doing well.
    The thing I like about Jeffers is his hustle, toughness, guts, ability to take the ball to the hole, he reminds me a little of a Mathews in that regard but he reminds me of Brewer in an other regard, in that he can't shoot from outside. He would make a good story and for a 13th or 14th man on the roster he might be a good man to keep. He would always come in a play tough D and give energy.
    I like Thompson's skill set but he has struggled to learn the system and struggled on the offensive side. Hopefully he will get a few more chances. Nichols shot the ball well but from what I hear he can't put the ball on the floor and do anything(kinds like a Korver).
    Gaines has played well but I don't see the Jazz dumping a guaranteed contract to keep him. A trade with Price involved might be his only hope, IMO.
    I really like our young rookies Evans and Hayward.

  • LKA Tremonton, UT
    Oct. 13, 2010 8:45 p.m.

    @awsomeron1 : I do like your sense of humor. In today's world that is something to hang on to.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Oct. 13, 2010 5:23 p.m.

    CJ is the man. He scored in bunches in the 3rd quarter last night. No need to worry about him this year. He had 5 rebounds last night. All is well is CJland.....

    Fes is Fes......He will always be all over the place.

  • awsomeron1 Oahu, HI
    Oct. 13, 2010 5:05 p.m.

    LKA: Thank you it is a work in progress much like the Utah Jazz, Slowly sometimes ever so slowly the water continues to drip in, just a little faster then natural evaporation.

    I think the D League has its uses and one is to keep prime subs stocked. Injury or massive discontent can happen at almost anytime.

    Remember every year there is a new crop of 22 year olds and declares that did not make it and can't get to Europe, China Russia or other places that use U.S. players.

    The idea of the last cuts is to be picked up somewhere else.

    Remember No one on the Jazz Team is from Utah.

    Pro Basketball as entertainment is fine, it provides jobs,at several different levels and now that they have gone to the long shorts is more family oriented.

    Overpriced Snacks aside.

    In the old days they Drafted 7 Rounds.

    At somepoint the last Cut has to take place. Thats somewhat Sad.

    I never got over Phoenix, Drafting Bay Forrest in the 1st Round with a 3 year No Cut Contract. My Sports Wakeup Call

    Bay Forrest who I just looked up is still an outstanding person.

  • Dick of the NW Bainbridge Island, Washington
    Oct. 13, 2010 3:02 p.m.

    Sloan generally let the players, by their play, make the team or get cut. However, with the talent the Jazz has assembled it will be a very difficult choice this clear cut outs. Maybe the Jazz will keep more than we expected but with some playing for the Flash more than the Jazz. Of course the Jazz coaches and mgt. can see the things that make a difference but it will still be tough. Go Jazz.

  • cowboy99 South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 13, 2010 1:10 p.m.

    It might be because of his hair but AK looks more stout this year than he has in the past. If it's true that could be useful.

  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    Oct. 13, 2010 10:59 a.m.

    Preseason is the time to evaluate players game and worth. I have been hopeful that Thompson would make this team, but Nichols and Jeffers are both ahead of him right now. Evans should make the team. Sundiatta Gaines had a "DNP"? Could that be a tell by coach? This is going to be one of the most talented Jazz teams that we have seen play in many years, either way the Coaches have some very hard choices to make, when they decide they have to cut one or two of these very talented players.

    GO JAZZ!

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Oct. 13, 2010 10:14 a.m.

    Way to go Jazz! 3-0 preseason and some definite strength developing. It will be great to see you guys on TV this Thursday!

  • JP Chandler, AZ
    Oct. 13, 2010 9:24 a.m.

    I went to the game last night. The remaining usual suspects from last year (DWill, AK) had a remarkably quiet night. AK did hustle his butt off though, and his new look is a bit more menacing. DWill didn't seem terribly interested in playing and had ice on his knees and leg before the end of the third.

    Paddlehands must have spent every spare minute of his off season working on his free throws 'cause they look great now. No more clanging them off the side of the rim. He had an okay night and looks much improved in general over last year. I wish he were a bit more assertive. His turnovers came mostly on passes under the basket where he really ought to have put up a shot. In fairness though, he did have some good passes and he was very responsive. No more staring at the ball wondering why it's in his hands like he did last year.

    Hayward seemed to play pretty smart, but missed a lot of open jumpers. Nichols looked pretty solid, as did Evans. As the article stated, Jeffers was the real star of the evening.

  • LKA Tremonton, UT
    Oct. 13, 2010 8:55 a.m.

    @awsomeron1: Thank you for all you kind thoughts. Your glass ins't even half full..

  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 13, 2010 7:50 a.m.

    I love Jeffers. I love watching him play, I like that he tucks his shirt in and pulls his warms ups clear up to his belly button. I want him on the Jazz.

    The problem is he's short and not a very good jump shooter (scrappier than Ronnie Brewer, but not quite as big.) But he always seems to do something right when he's out there.

  • awsomeron1 Oahu, HI
    Oct. 13, 2010 4:52 a.m.

    Lets See: The Story is about Jeffers. However the pictures are of Kirilenko. What do you do make it up as you go along?

    You will know the final roster when the final roster is decided upon,all speculation is useless, and like sports in general irelavent to anything of value or meaning.

    Wins in the preseason mean nothing as the preseason is a time for testing differentthings with the team.

    When the season starts both the Suns and the Jazz will start their long decent to the last playoff spot.

    Once there they will fight for their playoff lives.

    You only have to finish 8th to make the playoffs.

    I remember the Jazz once had a rather small Guard. Who is in the the Hall Of Fame Now, where ever that is. John something or other. Out of some non descript private College in Eastern Washington State.

    Then there was this 5'8" little rock with a 42" virtical standing leap. Lighting quick, name Spud somthing or other.

    So much for the picture image of size.

    We will know what tthey want us to know when they want us to know it.

    Being last cut is a Bummer.

  • toddfromsantaana Santa Ana, CA
    Oct. 13, 2010 3:28 a.m.

    Nichols looked good. The Jazz showed some mettle. They had 10 point lead after 3 period. Phoenix outscored them by 11 to take 1 point lead 3 1/2 minutes into 4th quarter. The Jazz responded with 9-2 run.

    Evans played well in his brief stint. It is good Jefferson is coming around getting more comfortable each game.

    Fesenko was praised tonight by longtime Icon and terrific play by play man for Phoenix Al McCoy and his colorman. This was for improved foul shooting, being in shape and the fact he knocked down a jumper. McCoy stated he was a nice player.

    They notice it, maybe more on here should also.

    Of course, he had some negatives. The bad hands with 3 turnovers catching the ball, getting his shots altered and bothered by Earl Clark.

    Let it be noted, Sloan stayed with him. Fes had 4 fouls with about 10:30 left when he came in and did not get the 5th until about 8 minutes later.

    He scored 7 of his 9 points and 4 of his 6 boards all in the 4th quarter...

    More often than not, Phoenix did not attack rim as much with long shots

  • MenaceToSociety Draper, UT
    Oct. 13, 2010 12:17 a.m.

    The Jazz already have more wins than the team down south!